last three nights ago in live music: rodrigo y gabriela
If you're not familiar with the Mexico City-based guitar duo of Rodirigo y Gabriela, well, your life is missing something. R y G play classical, flamenco-style acoustic guitar...only not, because their style is heavily influenced by 80's thrash metal. It's impossible to explain, so you'll just have to trust me that it's incredible.
Because R y G cancelled their two Austin shows this year (at both SXSW and ACL), I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever get to see them live. As luck would have it, my, ahem, "work" weekend in New York coincided with their Friday night show at the Roseland Ballroom, and Mr. and Mrs. AAA were planning to go along with some other Austin friends.
Roseland is a little too big and midtowney for my tastes, and the overly chatty New Yorkers definitely gave me an appreciation for Austin audiences, but nonetheless, the show was great. It's hard to tell which song is which since there's no singing, but they seem to have played just about everything on their self-titled 2006 disc, including an absolutely gorgeous cover of (what else?) "Stairway to Heaven" that must be heard to be fully appreciated. Their guitar work is beyond belief, certainly the best I've ever seen (and, not to brag, but that's saying something.). Luckily, projected video images of their fingerwork loomed large behind R y G so even those in the back could watch their playing. That two people, with two acoustic guitars, can make so much sound is just remarkable. Oh, and there was an audience singalong to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."
All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening out on the town, and I would definitely see Rodrigo y Gabriela again. Don't miss them if you get the chance.